SHAFAQNA – The SAA aircraft was shot down on June 18 by a F-16 fighter of the U.S.-led international coalition in the province of Raqqa. While the Americans accused the Syrian pilot of attacking the so-called moderate opposition, official Damascus claims that the mission’s goal was to strike a blow at ISIS.
Despite the real cause of the accident, a Syrian aircraft shot down by other countries’ alliance in the Syrian sky is quite a serious provocation. This incident seems as part of the U.S. plan to assist various groups opposing government authorities in Syria. It must be understood that the SDF and FSA are the structures unleashed a civil war in the country.
This argument is correct when speaking about a series of attacks on Assad. First was conducted by Israel on the land. Then the Shayrat airbase was under attack of the U.S. And now we can observe fight in the air that has become the fourth clash between the U.S. and Syrian troops during last month.
In the case of the Shayrat air base there was at least an attempt to strike the blow as a preventive measure, although Assad hadn’t committed the crimes for which he had been accused of. In addition, do not forget At-Tanf, where the threat to the forces of the coalition still needs to be proven.
The key point of the latest incident is that Damascus carried out a blow at those were not legitimate in terms of international law. Thus, the U.S. openly stated that there is neither this international law nor Syria as an independent state for them.
Not a surprise if the United States after a series of similar incidents again decided to talk about ensuring the notorious no-fly zones. Especially since Washington’s urgent redeploying of the aviation to the northeast of Syria has become a new reality. The Pentagon took extremely seriously the statements of Assad’s allies of considering any western aircraft as an air target.
In fact, the U.S. actions are absolutely predictable within the framework of the policy they are pursuing in the Middle East. The downed aircraft is only a reflection of the multi-stage model, which represent Syria as a ‘former state’. Apparently, the Trump administration will continue to raise the degree of the Syrian conflict, and this Syrian aircraft is a vivid confirmation.
Paradoxically, this is happening, despite the promises of the U.S. president. During his election campaign, Trump stated not to get involved into the wars in the Middle East.
By Firas Samuri